Magical Scottish Highlands (Part 2)

Continuing my adventure in the Scottish Highlands, my family and me headed for another day-trip the next day to the Glenfinnan Viaduct, commonly known as the Harry Potter Bridge. We went with Happy Tours for this day-trip.

The morning of the day-tour was so cold and gloomy, the gathering point was outside Columbia Hotel across the Inverness Bridge (10 minutes walk from our hotel at Pentahotel Inverness). We were greeted by John, my lovely friendly tour guide/driver that will be bringing me on today’s day-trip.

The day-trip began at 9:30am sharp, we arrived shortly at Loch Ness! This is a different viewpoint as to where WOW Scotland Tours brought us, which is kinda special. We got to stand in front of Loch Ness, mesmerized by the vast size of it.

Next, we headed to Fort Augustus for a short break. The small town is situated on the southern tip of Loch Ness on the Great Glen Way. There’s a great cozy cafe across the canal, where there is also a mini gallery about Loch Ness Monster (Nessie).

We then proceeded to The Commando Memorial in Lochaber, where it’s dedicated to the men of the British Commando Forces raised during World War II. The view around here is stunning and spectacular!

We left The Commando Memorial and proceeded to Fort William for lunch. Fort William is actually an important town in the highlands of Scotland, as it forms the natural center of a very large area and the focus of the road and rail routes across the region. There are several eateries along the main walking street.

We head straight to The Glenfinnan Viaduct after lunch to catch the Harry Potter train. The journey from Fort William only takes about 30 minutes. We arrived finding that the entire carpark is almost full, but luckily John had the “tour guide privilege” and was able to enter the carpark and park at the last few available lots! We arrived at around 1:45pm, while the Jacobite steam train will pass by the Glenfinnan Viaduct at around 2:30pm and 2:45pm. So we had ample time to walk up the hill, to find the best position to view the train. Alternatively, you could also walk along the dirt path, to get a closer view of the action (below the bridge)!

John proceeded to bring us back to Inverness after the viewing of Harry Potter train across The Glenfinnan Viaduct. While on the way, John drove us to have a look at Inverlochy Castle, which is a pretty wrecked ruined castle.

We safely arrived back in Inverness at around 5:30pm. In my opinion, this day-trip isn’t as spectacular or have that much “wow” factors as compared to the Isle of Skye day-trip, but it was still an enjoyable one.

So, if you’re interested in visiting those places, you could visit Happy Tours website here, or you could probably use this as a guide to plan for your next self-drive day-trip in Scotland!

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